Event ID 8196 — Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service -- Run-time Issues

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service -- Run-time Issues indicates the functionality of Windows to UNIX password synchronization operations.

When Password Synchronization is configured for Windows-to-UNIX synchronization, and a password is changed on a Windows-based computer running Password Synchronization, the Password Synchronization service determines whether the user's password is to be synchronized on UNIX computers. When the Password Synchronization service is operating normally, it encrypts the password and sends it to the Password Synchronization daemon on each computer with which the Windows-based computer is configured to be synchronized. The daemon then decrypts the password and changes the password on the UNIX host.

Event Details

Product: Windows Identity Management for UNIX
ID: 8196
Source: Microsoft-Windows-IDMU-PSync
Version: 6.0
Message: Error in password propagation. %ruser = %1 %rhost = %2


Check preceding messages in Event Viewer for exact nature of failure

This error is logged if the synchronization service from Windows-based computers to UNIX-based computers fails for the configured number of retries. Error messages preceding this error typically contain the exact point of failure. Read resolution suggestions for those errors to resolve this issue.

If there is no error message preceding this error that contains usable information, and if this error occurs multiple times, then try restarting the computer to resolve this issue.

To restart the computer:

  • To restart the computer, click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.


Retry Windows to UNIX password synchronization for failed user password changes to verify that it is operational. Password Synchronization is fully operational when the password synchronization succeeds, and operating under warning conditions if password synchronization fails for some passwords but succeeds for others.

If password synchronization succeeds for some passwords but fails for others, the Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service is likely fully operational, but there might be account- or computer-specific configuration problems preventing password changes from being synchronized on UNIX-based hosts.

Windows to UNIX Password Synchronization Service -- Run-time Issues

Identity Management for UNIX